Indicted by the Sierra Leone War Crimes
The Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone, under Article 15 of the
Statute of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (the Statute) charges: CHARLES
GHANKAY TAYLOR also known as (aka) CHARLES GHANKAY MACARTHUR DAPKPANA TAYLOR
with CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, VIOLATIONS OF ARTICLE 3 COMMON TO THE GENEVA
CONVENTIONS AND OF ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL II and OTHER SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW, in violation of Articles 2, 3 and 4 of the
March 3, 2003
UNMIL authorized to arrest Taylor
The Security Council, determining that the return of former President
Charles Taylor to Liberia would constitute an impediment to that country’s
stability and a threat to its peace, decided this morning to include in the
mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) the former leader’s
apprehension, detention and transfer to the Special Court for Sierra Leone,
in the event of his return to Liberia.
Unanimously adopting resolution 1638 (2005) under Chapter VII of the United
Nations Charter, the Council decided also that, as a part of its additional
mandate, UNMIL should, in transferring or facilitating the former
President’s transfer to the Special Court, keep the Governments of Liberia
and Sierra Leone, as well as the Council, fully informed.
November 11, 2005 - United Nations Security Council
resolution number 1638.
European Parliament asks for Taylor's
European Parliament resolution on the Special Court for Sierra Leone:
the case of Charles Taylor
February 24, 2005
At the request of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Interpol has issued
a Red Notice for former Liberian President Charles Taylor. The notice was
issued on 4 December 2003. This is in accordance with a cooperation
agreement between Interpol and that court, finalized in November 2003.
The elements of the Charles Taylor Red Notice that can be made public are on
the Interpol website, in the 'Wanted' section.
December 4, 2003
US Congress voted $ 2 million for Taylor's arrest
The brief, one-sentence line in the bill allocates two million dollars
for "rewards for an indictee of the Special Court for Sierra Leone."
Although it does not name Taylor, Boucher (spokesperson) acknowleged
that it was understood the money was for him.
"How we move to make it effective as a reward, to achieve an end that we all
share, which is for criminals to be brought to justice, those are the issues
being looked at right now," he said.
November 11, 2003
British bounty hunters
Northbridge Services Group says it has people ready to kidnap Mr Taylor
to claim a $2m reward allegedly offered by the United States Congress.
December 11, 2003
A Congolese bounty hunter?
"A Congolese mercenary is here to kill Taylor," Ehindero
of Police) told the gathering of security personnel charged with the
responsibility to protect the former Liberian president. "The former
president left this morning for a discussion with Obasanjo in Abuja and this
report is saying there is an assassin right here in Calabar to kill him."
March 4, 2006
Charles Taylor is not the only former African head of state wanted for war
crimes. Former Chadian President
Hissène Habré, exiled in Dakar -
Senegal, and former President of Ethiopia
Miriam Mengistu ('The Red Emperor') living in exile in Harare - Zimbabwe are wanted too.
Key facts on African dictators' legal cases:
Jean-Bedel Bokassa - Central African Republic (CAR),
Charles Taylor - Liberia
Mengistu Haile Mariam- Ethiopia
Hissène Habré- Chad
Overview most notorious cases
1st African Head of State
on War Crimes Tribunal